One of the common questions we’re asked as Wine Enthusiast editors is, “What’s a great $10 wine?” Our answer: It depends on what you’re looking for.
It’s the height of summer, so if you’re anything like us, you’re craving crisp, quality, thirst-quenching whites and rosés with great price tags. These 10 designated Best Buys completely fit the criteria.
Bruno Cormerais 2012 Chambaudière Sur Lie (Muscadet Sèvre et Maine); $10, 90 points. Rich, this offers both bright crisp citrus fruits and ripe peach and pear flavors. It is still young, still textured and tight, needing to broaden to bring out more of the attractive fruitiness.
J. Portugal Ramos 2013 Loureiro (Vinho Verde); $9, 90 points. The Loureiro grape, grown mainly in the Lima Valley in the center of Vinho Verde, produces a distinctly mineral style of wine. This wine has that character as well as some riper tropical fruit notes and pure citrus acidity. The combination is intensely fruity and very refreshing.
McManis 2013 Chardonnay (River Junction); $10, 88 points. This light-bodied Chardonnay makes a nice break from rich, heavy, oaky versions. Aromas of dried thyme and parsley lead to pleasing fruit flavors of pear and peach. It has enough texture to fill the mouth and enough crispness to stay clean on the finish.
Schmitt Söhne Family Wines 2013 Riesling Qualitätswein (Rheinhessen); $9, 88 points. Crisp and fruity are apt words to describe this bright, refreshing wine. Off dry in style, it’s juicy in sweet white-grapefruit flavor accented by zesty acidity and a polished, mineral warmth on the finish.
Domaines Pierre Chavin 2014 Pierre & Paul Rosé (Côtes de Provence); $10, 88 points. Organically grown grapes give this wine a pure and fruity character that makes it instantly attractive. It is crisp, laced with lemon and lively, juicy red fruits. The aftertaste is dry and full of flavor.
Bründlmayer 2014 L&T Grüner Veltliner (Niederösterreich); $10, 88 points. L&T stands for “leicht & trocken”—light and dry. This wine is true to its name. Yeast notes mingle with grapefruit zest on the still-closed nose. The palate refreshes with crisp green apple and freshly sqeezed lemon. An almost austere wine, it has backbone, verve and lasting freshness.
Bogle 2013 Bogle Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc (California); $10, 87 points. Not your usual SB, this full-bodied version combines herbal, savory aromas and mineral flavors with a fairly rich texture and lingering finish. It’s complex and satisfying, and will pair well with rich seafood.
La Cappuccina 2013 Pinot Grigio (Veneto); $10, 87 points. Aromas of peach blossom and mature Bartlett pear lead the nose on this pretty wine. The crisp palate offers green apple and juicy nectarine alongside bright acidity.
StoneCap 2013 Estate Grown Chardonnay (Columbia Valley); $9, 86 points. Straightforward and appealing, this wine provides aromas and flavors of pineapple, peach and pear. The concentration isn’t all there but the variety is unmistakable.
Confrerie de Oisly et Thesée 2014 Les Gourmets Sauvignon (Touraine); $9, 85 points. This New World style of Sauvignon Blanc is ripe, intense and catty in flavor. Very herbaceous, concentrated fruits are right up front. There is no complexity, just fruit.